Di Brandt Re-Release


On November 13, 2015, Di Brandt launches the re-release of questions i asked my mother at McNally Robinson Booksellers.  A strong feminist voice in Mennonite literature, Di Brandt makes an excellent interviewee, especially relevant in these times when dialogues about feminism are at the forefront.

questions i asked my mother is a seminal work of both Canadian and Mennonite literature. Originally published in 1987, the collection embodies a bold vision of the feminine that confronts centuries of patriarchal culture. Powerful and lyrical, Brandt’s poems bridge the impossible contradictions between traditionalism and the postmodern in extraordinary gestures of creative defiance and tenderness.

Di Brandt’s extraordinary debut poetry collection, questions i asked my mother, was an international sensation and media phenomenon when it came out in 1987, and launched her in a prestigious and celebrated international literary career.

Turnstone Press is re-releasing the book this fall in a new edition, along with a critical essay by poet and critic Tanis MacDonald, on the far-reaching impact and continuing relevance of this ground-breaking collection.

questions i asked my mother received the Gerald Lampert Award for “best first book of poetry in Canada,” and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Dillons Commonwealth Poetry Prize.  It quickly became a bestselling book in Canada, and was adopted on university and high school curricula across Canada and in Canadian Studies programs around the world.